The Best Metal Albums of the 1980s

1. Metallica - Ride the Lightning

Metallica - Ride the Lightning
July 27, 1984
Critic Score
100
3 reviews

2. Motörhead - No Remorse

Motörhead - No Remorse
September 15, 1984
Critic Score
100
1 review

3. Celtic Frost - To Mega Therion

Celtic Frost - To Mega Therion
October 27, 1985
Critic Score
100
1 review

4. Metallica - Master of Puppets

Metallica - Master of Puppets
March 3, 1986
Critic Score
97
3 reviews

5. Iron Maiden - Live After Death

Iron Maiden - Live After Death
October 14, 1985
Critic Score
95
2 reviews

6. Iron Maiden - Powerslave

Iron Maiden - Powerslave
September 3, 1984
Critic Score
95
2 reviews

7. Voivod - Nothingface

Voivod - Nothingface
October 13, 1989
Critic Score
95
2 reviews

8. Dio - Holy Diver

Dio - Holy Diver
May 25, 1983
Critic Score
95
2 reviews

9. Death - Scream Bloody Gore

Death - Scream Bloody Gore
May 25, 1987
Critic Score
95
2 reviews

10. Bad Brains - I Against I

Bad Brains - I Against I
November 1, 1986
Critic Score
95
2 reviews

11. Motörhead - Ace of Spades

Motörhead - Ace of Spades
November 8, 1980
Critic Score
95
2 reviews

12. Metallica - Kill 'Em All

Metallica - Kill 'Em All
July 25, 1983
Critic Score
92
4 reviews

13. Godflesh - Streetcleaner

Godflesh - Streetcleaner
November 13, 1989
Critic Score
91
3 reviews

14. Iron Maiden - The Number of the Beast

Iron Maiden - The Number of the Beast
March 22, 1982
Critic Score
90
3 reviews

15. Fates Warning - Perfect Symmetry

Fates Warning - Perfect Symmetry
August 22, 1989
Critic Score
90
2 reviews

16. Megadeth - Peace Sells... but Who's Buying?

Megadeth - Peace Sells... but Who's Buying?
October 1, 1986
Critic Score
90
2 reviews

17. Jane's Addiction - Nothing's Shocking

Jane's Addiction - Nothing's Shocking
August 23, 1988
Critic Score
90
2 reviews

18. Helloween - Keeper of the Seven Keys: Part I

Helloween - Keeper of the Seven Keys: Part I
May 23, 1987
Critic Score
90
2 reviews

19. Saxon - Denim And Leather

Saxon - Denim And Leather
October 5, 1981
Critic Score
90
1 review

20. Anthrax - Among the Living

Anthrax - Among the Living
March 22, 1987
Critic Score
90
1 review

21. Ministry - The Land of Rape and Honey

Ministry - The Land of Rape and Honey
October 11, 1988
Critic Score
90
1 review

22. King Diamond - Abigail

King Diamond - Abigail
February 24, 1987
Critic Score
90
1 review

23. Autopsy - Severed Survival

Autopsy - Severed Survival
April 24, 1989
Critic Score
90
1 review

25. Mercyful Fate - Don't Break the Oath

Mercyful Fate - Don't Break the Oath
September 7, 1984
Critic Score
90
1 review
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